Exhibitions and Installations, Getty Conservation Institute

See Valentine on Valentine’s!

De Wain Valentine at the Getty Center with Gray Column, 2012

De Wain Valentine at the Getty Center with Gray Column. Artwork © De Wain Valentine

Artist De Wain Valentine created his own kind of love letter to the California sea and sky: Gray Column, a 3,500-pound sculpture made of polyester resin that’s twelve feet high and eight feet across.

This February 14, come visit From Start to Finish: De Wain Valentine’s Gray Column and you’ll get a sweet reward—something even more than the chance to see the sculpture, explore how Valentine created a material to realize his artistic vision, and learn about the challenges of displaying and conserving a sculpture of this unique material and scale.

We’ll be passing out treats outside the exhibition, and as an added bonus: the first 50 visitors to the exhibition will get an extra surprise gift. Even sweeter, Valentine will be on hand to discuss his work from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m.

Can’t make it? Be one of the first five people to answer this question in the comments—What’s the full name of the resin named after De Wain Valentine?—and we’ll send you a copy of the exhibition catalogue, which has great behind-the-scenes photos and includes a DVD of a 30-minute documentary on Valentine’s work.

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7 Comments

  1. Posted February 13, 2012 at 7:45 am | Permalink

    Valentine Maskast Resin No. 1300-17

    Boom!

  2. Bill Strand
    Posted February 13, 2012 at 9:03 am | Permalink

    The polyester resin is called Valentine MasKast Resin No. 1300-17. The light and space works on display in the Getty Initiative shows have benn a revelation for me.

    I am hoping the Getty initiative will inspire the LAPhil to do something similar with San Francisco and San Diego for the music!

  3. Jeff
    Posted February 13, 2012 at 10:39 am | Permalink

    Valentine Maskast Resin No. 1300-17

  4. Candice
    Posted February 13, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Permalink

    Valentine Maskast Resin No. 1300-17! I really wish I could go to this tomorrow!

  5. Posted February 13, 2012 at 6:36 pm | Permalink

    Valentine MasKast Resin No. 1300-17

    the material is sold as “Valentine MasKast resin”

  6. Maria
    Posted February 13, 2012 at 6:47 pm | Permalink

    Valentine Maskast Resin No. 1300-17

  7. Natalie fet
    Posted February 13, 2012 at 11:21 pm | Permalink

    Valentine MasKast Resin No. 1300-17.

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